Siemens to supply 68 wind turbines in Scotland

Siemens has received an order from SSE Renewables (SSER) for the supply of 68 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.3 megawatts (MW) each. These are for the Griffin wind power farm, located approximately 19 miles northwest of Perth in the Scottish Highlands. The wind power farm will have a capacity of 156 MW upon completion in 2012, and is expected to generate enough power to supply over 80,000 homes.

The scope of supply for the Griffin wind farm includes the delivery, installation, and commissioning of 68 of Siemens 2.3-MW turbines. Of the 68 turbines, 61 will have a 101m rotor and 7 will have a 93m rotor. This is the first time that a SWT-2.3-101 will be deployed in the UK. Siemens will also provide services for turbine operation and maintenance for an initial period of five years.

In autumn 2009, Siemens and SSER signed a contract for the supply of wind turbines for SSER’s 350 MW Clyde project in Scotland. This project is planned for commissioning in 2012. “This follow-up order for the Griffin wind farm project from SSER underlines our leading position in the wind power market,” said Jens-Peter Saul, CEO of Siemens Wind Power globally. “Furthermore, the Griffin wind power farm will yield significant benefits for Scotland in terms of jobs and local value creation“. The project will provide over 100 jobs during the construction phase.

Siemens is also heavily engaged in skills and training to support the development of the wind power sector in Scotland and throughout the UK. Earlier this year Siemens announced its involvement with Carnegie College, Rosyth as part of the first pilot Wind Turbine Service Technician apprenticeship programme. This is designed to provide the renewable energy industry with the highly skilled workers who are crucial to the sector’s skills requirements.

Wind turbines are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2009, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about EUR23 billion, making Siemens the world’s largest supplier of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emissions by 210 million tonnes. This amount equals the combined annual CO2 emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.

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